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Can someone please tell me where to find the A/C pressure valve so I can recharge my A/C. A picture would be very helpful if possible. Thanks
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A little more info would be helpful, like what model year Prius.
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... and why. One should really not have to recharge the AC. If it needs any, it probably has a leak and should be fixed.
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It is a 2005 Prius.
I need to recharge it because when it was at the dealership for the check engine light the shop drained the A/C refrigerent. I can take it back yes but it is a 2 hr drive in 90 degree heat with no A/C. Not only that but the shop has a bad habit of keeping my car for days and leaving me to drive back a forth with a rental. I don't have the time or the pacients to deal with them right now. I figure that just recharging it myself with save money and frustration. If this doesn't work and they damaged it instead of just draining it (like they said) then I will take it back. I'm trying the lowest level first.
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Thanks but can someone please just tell me where it is?
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Please take photos. And DO post after you f*** up your A/C because you know better than the acknowledged experts here. But we know you won't.

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Thats a wonderful answer, now after 4 post not one person has managed to answer my question. Does anyone know? If not just tell me so I can ask someone who does. Thanks
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I can't believe the replies you received. My mother always told me if I had nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. I believe it is important to have an opinion, but there is no need to be nasty about it. That being said, I will NOT discuss that subjact further now or in the future.
To start the actual topic, I was an ASE certified Master Mechanic (I let the license lapse as I am in a different career now) and I currently hold my AC license.
I agree that the car should go back to the dealer. Please go by the "You will attract more flies with honey than vinegar" saying. Call the dealership and explain to the service manager that yuo had your car repaired there and the AC no longer works. Please suggest you'd like them to look at it as it may not have been filled or has developed a leak while the repair was done as it did not work when you picked it up. Also explain the distance situation. Tell them that you will need a loaner car, free of charge, and that the work should also be done free of charge.
If this is not possible, here is the answer to your question. 134a recharge kits are available over the counter or online. It consists of a can and a hose the attaches to the low side of the AC. The '07 Prius (what I own) holds 0.93 to 1.06 lbs (tag is under the hood). Assuming the '05 and '07 are the same, the high side is a grey cap with the letter "H" on it and is attached to a silver pipe just to the right of the washer fluid container and to the left of the engine. The low side is a grey cap with a letter "L" and is to the right of the air box but left of the Hibrid Energy silver box, in front of the master cylinder but behind the radiator. It is also attached to a silver pipe. Sorry, but I do not have a picture. Niether are "burried" behind anything and are easily accesible.
Follow the directions on the container. It is fairly easy to do. If you have any questions, let me know. Good luck!
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bc104, excellent reply!
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